Biometric attendance at PCMC remains on paper

Tanaji Khot
Saturday, 9 September 2017

Although corporators are registering their attendance through the machine, it was not considered valid.
 

Pimpri: The proposal to introduce biometric attendance system for corporators at Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) made by BJP Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap has failed to take off since its introduction six months ago. The General Body had even passed a resolution in this regard.

However, failing to get approval from the State government, this scheme could not be implemented.

It may be recalled that the General Body of the PCMC had passed a resolution in this regard. However, the municipal secretary office said that there was no provision for biometric attendance in existing rules. Hence, the proposal was sent to State government for approval. However, the civic body is still awaiting the government’s nod for the same.

Due to this, even after the installation of biometric attendance machine at the General Body hall, it is of no use. The civic administration continues to implement manual as well as biometric attendance system simultaneously. 

Municipal Secretary Ulhas Jagtap said that the proposal has been sent to State government for approval. 

“Till it is approved, the attendance register will remain as a valid record of attendance.” Although corporators were registering their attendance through the biometric machine, it was not considered valid. Due to this, they have again started registering their attendance manually.

While introducing the system, Jagtap had stated that implementing biometric attendance will lead to transparency in the day-to-day working of the corporation. Jagtap had also claimed that the system will help in ensuring that corporators attend the meetings in entirety, as it has been observed that some corporators just sign the attendance registers later on and skip the meetings or leave.

Although corporators are registering their attendance through the machine, it was not considered valid.
 

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